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Radio astronomers see black hole come to life

42 million light years away, 20 million times the mass of the Sun, and coming back to life. A team of radio astronomers, led by Dr Megan Argo of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, are watching a previously dormant ...

dateJul 09, 2015 in Astronomy
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Do micro-organisms explain features on comets?

Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, studied in detail by the European Space Agency Rosetta and Philae spacecraft since September 2014, is a body with distinct and unexpected features. Now two astronomers have a radical explanation ...

dateJul 06, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Cosmology looks beyond the standard model

What are the mysterious dark matter and dark energy that seem to account for so much of our Universe? Why is the Universe expanding? For the past 30 years, most cosmologists have looked to the 'standard model' to answer ...

dateJul 08, 2015 in Astronomy
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Searing sun seen in X-rays

X-rays light up the surface of our sun in a bouquet of colours in this new image containing data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. The high-energy X-rays seen by NuSTAR are shown in blue, while ...

dateJul 08, 2015 in Astronomy
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A five star, doubly-eclipsing star system

Astronomers at the Open University have discovered the first quintuple star system containing two eclipsing binary stars. Details of the five star system, the first of its kind to be found, will be presented by Marcus Lohr ...

dateJul 08, 2015 in Astronomy
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